Join The Marines They Said….


The Marine Corps is portrayed as bad ass 24/7 kicking down doors, and partying. They don’t show all the rules and regulations. They don’t tell you that joining to be a machinegunner will log you with more hours behind a lawnmower or as janitor.

You will be expolited at every level , made to do non work related tasks, be massed punished, find yourself repeatedly in situations where either option is going to have negative effects. Example. Trying to go to school, but your SSgt won’t sign off on your TA form because he is a bitter lifer with no education. Then when you tell your officer in charge, he asks the SSgt, so the SSgt lies, or exclaims it just was a miscommunication.

So you end up getting to attend night courses, but know you are on your bosses bad side because you went over his head for something you are entitled too, and something that worthless human being should be reluctant to assist you with after you have accumulated more awards in 2 years of deployments than he has in his sad pathetic 20 years dodging deployments.

Oh yeah the Marine Corps is so much fun, I love having other people who are mad at the world live my life for me. Some guy with $30,000 in debt and 4 kids on his 3rd wife yet he still manages to talk down to you because you forgot to blouse your right boot, while he goes home and gets drunk only looking foward to coming to work the next day pissed off to order you around like a slave and nitpicking at everything you do. Yelling at you for taking initiative. Yelling at you when you ask to many questions, and don’t forget yelling at you when you decide not to ask questions and wait for instructions.

I fell for Full Metal Jacket, and the recruiters pitch. They don’t lie they just don’t tell you about working parties, field day, mass punishment, haircuts, the working weekends, libo briefs, sitting and waiting, working non stop, civilian clothing regulations, curfew, being 21 but only being allowed 6 beers in your room, no girls in your room. The Marine Corps was indeed the worst decision of my life. I am now in college and loving being free. However I still feel robbed of my childhood and it’s my own fault because I never listened. Hopefully you guys can.

Originally posted by Tyler32Ross on 43things.

  • Raptor Jesus

    I thank god everyday i got the fuck out.

  • John

    Officially in Navy DEP. Aviation Machinist’s Mate. Hope I’m making a good decision. Hopefully this site kept me from years of bullshit and turmoil.

    • FoxtrotTangoNovember

      That’s a good rating. I was an AD in the USN. Navy air isn’t a bad way to go, it’s better than being in surface or subs. You probably won’t have to mess crank if/when you go to sea. Also, when you get out, your aviation maintenance experience should qualify you to test for the FAA mechanic’s licenses without having to go to school. If you are assigned to O level maintenance, expect to work long, hard hours. (AIMD/I level maintenance is better.) The Navy has its flaws too, but I hope it works out for you.

      • John

        Thank you, I think it’s a step in the right direction. I already enjoy working on vehicles and long hours don’t scare me. Just hope i do good in school.

        • FoxtrotTangoNovember

          If you’re already mechanically inclined and can use hand tools, you should do fine. The A school is not hard, and you will be stationed in Pensacola, Florida. It’s one of the better naval air stations, and the Florida panhandle is pretty nice. The school is 6 weeks long, then I think they assign you to 2 more weeks depending on where you get assigned (helicopters, turbo props, or jets). So, about 2 months for school, then you get your orders. You will go to additional training in C schools appropriate for whatever type of aircraft you will be maintaining in the fleet. Then you will report to your first permanent duty station. You will basically be a janitor at first, but don’t let it bother you. Your training time is usually skate duty, so enjoy it. Good luck, and I hope it all works out for you.

  • Thomas Richardson

    I’d rather be a petty officer third class starting out in the Navy SEALs myself. Or maybe a Green Beret or an AFPJ. Whatever rank I’d be starting out in the latter two.

  • AlaskaBoy907

    Yeah I love the marine corps. But there is too much bullshit, and way too many rules and sensitive people. 2 more years I can get out and get my degree. So I can commission over to the Air Force.